“A decade ago we had no votes in the IMO, and while that’s still true, the top three flags, Panama, Liberia, and the Marshall Islands are all located in North America.”
So who is this “we”? The US has been a member of the IMO (and IMCO before that). They always request and welcome input on their work for IMO. One person/group may not always change their mind, but they will listen to industry opinions. Same holds true for many other Administrations.
One must be a member state of the UN to get a vote. Are you looking to create a new country, join the UN and then get a vote at IMO? Maybe have the UN vote to change the charter of the IMO to allow NGOs (non governmental organizations) to vote?
If you want input into IMO, there are 80 NGOs that people can join to have input. OCIMF, BIMCO, CESA, CLIA, IADC, IACS, ICC, ICS, Intercargo, Interferry, RINA and just a few of them that are very active and involved. Or one can create a new NGO. The application process is right on the IMO website.
I appreciate and support the call to action, but in my opinion, just throwing stuff out there in the heat of the moment without getting the facts first, just tarnishes the message.